Cerebral Palsy affects each person differently and the level of severity can differ greatly from person to person. Individuals may experience a range of mobility issues, including conditions such as spastic quadriplegia and 1 in 3 children suffering from cerebral palsy will be unable to walk.
The individual’s ability to communicate can also be affected by cerebral palsy with the condition known to affect a person’s capacity to co-ordinate the muscles around the mouth. They may also experience significant pain and discomfort, due to the various impairments brought on by the condition, for example many sufferers develop an abnormal posture and hip subluxation due to difficulties coordinating muscle movement. This pain can vary in intensity from individual to individual and if left untreated can lead to a variety of mental and physical conditions severely impacting the person’s personality, sleeping patterns and close relationships.
They may also experience difficulty in eating and drinking with many individuals having issues with chewing and swallowing often referred to as dysphagia.